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World War II: Why do people hate?

The Holocaust was the systematic, state-sponsored persecution and murder of six million European Jews by the Nazi German regime and its allies and collaborators. The Holocaust was an evolving process that took place throughout Europe between 1933 and 1945. Read more...

Antisemitism is the belief or behaviour hostile toward Jews just because they are Jewish. It may take the form of religious teachings that proclaim the inferiority of Jews, for instance, or political efforts to isolate, oppress or otherwise injure them. It may also include prejudiced or stereotyped views about Jews. Read more...

Pyramid of Hate

The Pyramid of Hate presents a visual image to demonstrate how the seeds of hate, once planted, can quickly grow from biased ideas to hate violence. 

Terms and Definitions 

  • Bias: An inclination or preference either for or against an individual or group that interferes with impartial judgment. 
  • Discrimination: Unfair treatment of one person or a group of people because of their identity (e.g., race, religion, gender ability, culture, etc.). Discrimination is an action that can come from prejudice. 
  • Genocide: The act of or intent to deliberately and systematically annihilate an entire religious, racial, national or cultural group. 
  • Hate Crime: A criminal act directed at a person or group because of the victim’s real or perceived race, ethnicity, gender, religion, national origin, sexual orientation or ability. 
  • Prejudice: Judging or forming an idea about someone or a group of people before you actually know them. Prejudice is often directed toward people in a certain identity group (e.g., race, religion, gender, etc.) 
  • Scapegoating: Blaming a person or group for something, when the fault actually lies elsewhere. Scapegoating includes hostile words or actions that can lead to verbal or physical violence; a person or group is blamed for something because of some aspect of their identity, but they usually lack the power or opportunity to fight back. 
  • Stereotype: The false idea that all members of a group are the same and think and behave in the same way. 
  • Bias-motivated Violence: An action that emotionally or physically harms a person or group and that is motivated by the identity of the person or group (e.g., race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, ability, etc.).

Source: The Seattle Holocaust Centre

Immigration Restriction Act 1901

A landmark document of the first parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia. The six Australian colonies were governed by separate parliaments until Federation in 1901 when the Australian Government was formed.
This Act was a key part of a package of legislation designed to restrict the immigration and settlement of non-European people in Australia. Section 3(a) defined ‘prohibited immigrants’ as those who fail to pass a dictation test of 50 words in a European language. This test became the key means of restricting immigration to Australia for over 50 years.

Pacific Island Labourer's Act 1901

A legislative document regarding the regulation of labourers from the Pacific Islands.

Prospectus for pro-White Australia policy publication "Australia unlimited"

A four-page prospectus for a pro-white Australian publication, circa 1913.

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